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Choosing Between Wood and Aluminum for Your Patio Umbrella

Friday, July 10th, 2009

It’s difficult to imagine a well designed patio area without a well chosen patio umbrella. This essential furniture piece is responsible for creating a shady area filled with relaxation and ambience. In order to make sure that you pick one that’s best for you, you need to first determine a few key factors.

A critical step in picking the perfect patio umbrella is choosing the look and feel of the shaft material. For this, aluminum and wood umbrellas are the two main categories. Each has its own distinct style with separate advantages and disadvantages.

Although they can be more expensive, wooden patio umbrellas are often chosen based on their look and feel. Wood is a great choice especially if you want to match other wooden furniture pieces. The choice of wood will factor in on the price of the umbrella heavily.

The downside to a wooden umbrella is that it doesn’t match the high strength and durability of more modern materials like aluminum. Some designs have gone around this by replacing the inside of the wood with a steel core for added mechanical strength. With this you get the look of wood with the strength of steel.

Making Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Making outdoor patio furniture covers is easier than you think. By making your own covers you get the design and colors that you want. Making your own covers will also save you money. I have seen patio set covers made out of a variety of different fabrics. There is no right fabric. The choice of fabric is up to the individual taste.

I don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep your patio furniture covered if it will not be in use for extended periods of time. Protecting your patio set from the elements, regardless of the season, is key to keeping your investment protected and in the best shape possible. Particularly vulnerable are outdoor patio sets in tropical or seaside climates, where extremely intense sun and/or salty air will break down your furniture’s protective finish in well under a year. Covering your furniture is a time and money saver compared to completely refinishing your furniture.

Quest For Patio Furniture Covers

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

When I was choosing new patio furniture covers I felt a bit lost. I was really tired of having to wash my patio table each time my family wanted to eat in the backyard, which in the summer is almost every other day. I live in an area that has a lot of squirrels and birds and raccoons and I just wasn’t comfortable with my children eating off the table before I had a chance to wash in it good warm soapy water.

I have some lovely furniture that looks like it is made from exotic hard wood but it really isn’t. I expect it is made with pine and stained to look exotic. I got a great deal on the furniture at Home Depot about six years ago. Another reason I desire some new patio furniture covers is that the rain and the sun can really destroy the finish on my wooden furniture. The furniture has really aged well and I have nothing to complain about. However, without annual or bi-annual maintenance it can show its age.

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